By Mike Cunningham On September 17th, 2014 at 11:14 am
When the Great Fire of 1666 razed much of inner London to the ground, Sir Christopher Wren piloted a Bill through Parliament which banned wooden-framed buildings from being built in London, and this Act remained in force for over three hundred years, A plan to by-pass this Act, partly because, if the buildings used wood, they would help combat ‘CLIMATE CHANGE and GLOBAL WARMING‘, backed heavily by the UK Timber Frame association, sellers of, so help me, Wooden Framed Buildings got through, partly because there was a test burn, in a large hangar, of a test-built six-storey buiding, which was easily extinguished by firemen. What was not mentioned, in the building report, was the fact that the fire arose again in the smouldering timbers, and the whole building was consumed by fire!
Councils throughout England have no idea of the numbers of wooden-framed buildings erected since the Act was by-passed!
Fast forward to September 15th, when the nearly-complete Nottingham University Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry burned to the ground in a huge fire, which unfortunately proved, once more, that Sir Christopher Wren was right all along. The entire building, funded by a donation from GlaxoSmithKline, costing some £15 million had been erected according to the most rigorous environmental principles, made with a wooden frame and other “sustainable” materials, and powered with “renewable” energy, so that the structure could remain “carbon neutral” throughout its lifetime. Unfortunately, the fire-prevention and alarm systems were either still being installed, or not; instead of being the first systems to be enforced on site, especially as it was a WOODEN BUILDING; and as WOOD CATCHES FIRE RATHER EASILY, any Engineer would have told them that their first priority would be to protect a building, finished or not, which, being entirely of wood, would always BE A RISK!
The German word?
By Mike Cunningham On September 17th, 2014 at 10:06 am
George Monbiot, writing in the Guardian, presumably believes he is correct, whilst writing on the mainstream media’s coverage of the Scots Referendum on Independence. But I believe he is totally and absurdly wrong.
In all of Mr. Monbiot’s elegant phrasing; along with his condescension towards a Scots electorate which assumes they are just not capable of discerning when political bullshit is spread in their general direction: there does not appear the one truth which has been carefully and completely removed from the debate. That ‘truth’ is the simple fact that the Scots are not being offered a chance at an amorphous ‘Independence’, they are being offered a choice between one bunch of politicians and a vast civil service which governs undemocratically now, and government by another bunch of politicians and a smaller civil service which will also govern undemocratically in the future.
The same bunch of thieving clowns, albeit with different accents, will occupy all the leading roles in public life; the same, but smaller civil service will cling to their ‘rule books’ and deny a troubled Scots family a life-giving operation or treatment as they do now, the same, faceless bunch of thieving clowns will continue to pillage the national wallet, all in the course of making everyone equal, but not telling those same people that, in Orwell’s immortal words, ‘some are more equal that others’.
I would happily vote for a Party which would contend for my vote if they promised, graven in stone, to implement, for example, a system whereby a true ‘Recall’ would be made available not only for Members of a Scottish or indeed a Westminster Parliament, but also for all people in Public Life: a ‘recall’ with teeth, which would strip anyone ‘recalled’, of their ill-gotten riches, pensions and status, before condemning them to a life-long job as a ‘Deep-fried Mars-Bar’ taster, or the equivalent in England, which would probably be a sewage channel cleaner, or an apologist for a British politician.
By David Vance On September 16th, 2014 at 7:50 pm
I have long since come to the conclusion that economic logic and fact has no place in the mindset of the Scottish Nationalists BUT it is always worth considering the cliff they seek to hurtle over.
“An independent Scotland “would fail within a year” if it kept the pound informally and refused to take on its share of the national debt, according to an influential think-tank.
The National Institute for Economic and Social Research warned that such an approach would lead to “unprecedented” austerity in a newly-independent Scotland. Meanwhile, any attempt to effectively default would see Scotland get a “junk” credit rating from international investors, who would then push up borrowing premiums or bar Scotland from capital markets.
The think-tank also indicated that it either risked isolating Scotland in Europe or setting off a “domino effect” of other European nations defaulting on their debts. The think-tank said: “If Sterlingisation is combined [with] repudiating Scotland’s fair share of UK debt, we expect this regime would fail within a year.”
By David Vance On September 16th, 2014 at 7:35 pm
I read this somewhat troubling headline for anyone using this busy UK airport…
Anti-terror police searched a field close to Luton Airport yesterday after reports of two Asian men looking at planes with a range-finder. Armed police and sniffer dog units descended on the rural outskirts of the town after a 999 call reporting “suspicious activity.” The worried man who made the emergency call, who didn’t want to be named, said: “There were two Asian men using a range finder and they were watching the planes going past. “It just didn’t feel right so I called the police.” The alarm was raised just days after a bomb scare at the airport, and after terror chiefs raised the UK alert to “severe.” Dozens of officers were dispatched to a field in Slip End – three miles from the UK’s fifth largest airport, which has 12 million passengers per year.”
Mmm…”Asian men”. Now, what might they look like, exactly? Japanese maybe? Chinese perhaps? Thai possibly? Or, and this is just a wild guess….”men of Pakistani origin”? Now, of course this could be ALL perfectly innocent and these were just “plane spotters” but I think the media has a responsibility to STOP insulting the VAST majority of people from Asia in its determination NOT to say the M word. What say you?
By David Vance On September 16th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saw this image and it made me smile!
Naturally this does not apply to my wife or I..!!!
By David Vance On September 16th, 2014 at 7:27 pm
Wonder what you make of this?
“Corrective rape is a hate crime wielded to convert lesbians to heterosexuality – an attempt to ‘cure’ them of being gay. The term was coined in South Africa in the early 2000s when charity workers first noticed an influx of such attacks. But despite recognition and international coverage, corrective rape in the region is escalating in severity, according to Clare Carter, the photographer behind these images. This is amid a backdrop of parts of the country “becoming more homophobic”, as one recent victim asserts.”
What sort of SAVAGES would even THINK up such an abomination? Why is this tolerated?
By David Vance On September 16th, 2014 at 7:22 pm
Saw this, wasn’t surprised but it still speaks volumes;
A DUP MP had the highest expenses bill in the whole of the UK in the last year.
Oh what a shocker!
Jim Shannon’s £229,262 claim included £38,215 on travel and £12,126 on accommodation. His tab was £15,000 more than the second highest claim, which also came from a DUP MP, the party’s North Antrim representative Ian Paisley jnr.
Ah, who says the DUP does not lead the way?
By The Troll On September 16th, 2014 at 10:49 am
The U.S. is sending 3000 Troops to Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy. Now he calls it a strategy even though it has not been fully explained what those 3000 troops will be doing.
I find it interesting that he has a strategy to fight a disease, but no strategy to fight a determined enemy. He sent 10% of that amount of Troops to Iraq to protect our Embassy this week while he sends soldiers into a humanitarian medical crises.
The General gist of the deployment is to protect Medical Personnel. I support the effort to provide Aid to where the Ebola outbreak is, I just think sending that many troops into an area that is descending into chaos from disease is a mistake.
The Dr.’s need to be secure but 3000 Soldiers in an area ravaged by plague is not a good plan.
In a Sept. 7 interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ he called it a ‘national security priority.’
‘If we don’t make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa, but other parts of the world, there’s the prospect then that the virus mutates, it becomes more easily transmittable, and then it could be a serious danger to the United States,” said Obama.
‘At this point in a response like this, we would normally play a support role for USAID and the CDC,’ he said, referring to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Fox News Channel reported on Sunday that the U.S. military’s emphasis on Ebola prevention, driven by President Barack Obama, has stretched thin most if not all of its other missions.
A senior military official told Fox that General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a recent meeting that ‘the Department of Defense’s number one priority is combating Ebola.’
The network’s source commented that ‘we don’t need to be taking planners away from the CT [counter-terrorism] mission, and that is what is going on.’
Defense spending is down 21 per cent since 2010, the first fiscal year for which the Obama administration presided over the federal budget.
But the president is insisting that the military carry much of the burden in Africa.
This is not the job of the military. This should be a USAID mission only. More info in The Mail
By The Troll On September 16th, 2014 at 2:37 am
This site was set up as a joint community of Northern Ireland British and Americans to share in our commonality. To enjoy our joint heritage, while discussing the world situation and our positions on our Governments policies on them.
It was not setup as a Government hate site. The Owner is a Politician, as well as a businessman. I was for decades a Party Official. It was meant to discuss where we, and others thought our governments have gone down the wrong path. Not as a site for anarchy and hate towards those institutions. As a site of course for criticism, but criticism that still shared in, believed in, and supported the principals of the underlying structure of both governments.
I find it sad that ATW has become the home of those that hate their own government, believe in lunacy conspiracies, and those that support people whose philosophy and politics are alien and contrary to the history of our nations.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Our Government in the U.S. was setup on that basis, the British Government has evolved into it. The Government of Russia has no interest in these values, neither does the new Government of the Caliphate.
The World is it war. It is a slower moving longer lasting World War than the last two. It is however still a World War.
What we face over the next decade will be harsh and test all of our resolve. I know that Britain and America will not just survive, but win. We will do so because of the Principal stated above.